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Up and Down Arrows for Lab

  1. Default Up and Down Arrows for Lab
    Medical Coding Books
    Some of our providers will use up arrows and down arrows in their diagnosis for lab instead of spelling out the full diagnosis. Like a up arrow in front of magnesium so the coder would put elevated magnesium. By doing this is the coder assuming the up and down arrows mean elevated/decrease which would be interpreting the data which coders are not allowed to do?

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    I see no issue with up/down arrows as they are a common medical abbreviation. the coder is not interpreting data. It would be the same as seeing HTN and coding Hypertension. Just my opinion.

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